16 August 2011

Knowing the problem is half the battle

One of the things I've been working on lately is trying to reduce my stress. Some of this involves things like doing something I really enjoy; taking time to really relax; keeping on top of things so I don't get snowed under; and figuring out what exactly is causing the stress. That may be the hardest part but so worth the effort because once you know the source you can work on fixing it. And please notice that I said fixing it, not eliminating it - because that is not always possible.

One of my major stressors is money. It has been for a while now and while the situation has gotten better it is not perfect. Money is constantly on my mind in some way or another. Hubby had surgery last week and will be out of work for over a week. He works part time jobs so there is no PTO or sick leave or anything like that. Luckily he had just finished up a 2 week job that paid a whole lot of money so we'll make it. One of the things that has been running around my head again is working from home. I wish I knew what to do or had an idea for a business that I could do from home. Right now I work at Walgreen's part time and I'd much rather do something at home than work there. I have to tell you, I tried this once before. I even set up a website and everything and it was a freaking nightmare. I didn't have the money to pay a web designer so I tried to do it myself and made a big mess of it. I couldn't figure out how to set up a shopping cart so they could pay through the website. It was insane. Now though, I wouldn't have to do any of that stuff. I use a billpay system, Paytrust, that is owned by Intuit and they have an amazing array of services they offer. They have a business site that is just amazing. There are website builders and book keeping software and just about everything you need to run a business all on one site. They even have a device that hooks to your smart phone so you can accept credit cards. If they had this stuff 10 years ago when I was trying to do my thing I probably would have succeeded. And it's all so reasonably priced...$4.99 a month for a website...Sweet... And I will tell you, I have used Paytrust for years now and have never had a problem. I called their customer service and get immediate help. They are owned by Intuit so I would trust them.

Okay, enough!! How did we get on the topic of businesses??? So that's it. I'm working on reducing or handling my stress and on the hunt for something I can do at home. Let's see if I am successful.

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